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Sally Wainwright adapts the extraordinary life of Yorkshire landowner Anne Lister based on her meticulous diaries. Halifax, Yorkshire, 1832. Anne returns from her travels in Europe to the family manor. She is cultured, highly educated, financially independent, practical and an expert in medical, legal and industrial matters. But, her attempts to restore the family’s fortunes and find a woman with whom she can have a long term relationship, will be thwarted by both family and society.

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Sally Wainwright adapts the extraordinary life of Yorkshire landowner Anne Lister based on her meticulous diaries. Halifax, Yorkshire, 1832. Anne returns from her travels in Europe to the family manor. She is cultured, highly educated, financially independent, practical and an expert in medical, legal and industrial matters. But, her attempts to restore the family’s fortunes and find a woman with whom she can have a long term relationship, will be thwarted by both family and society.

    • Episode 1

    Episode 1

    Halifax, 1832. Anne Lister returns from Hastings to Shibden Hall, having discovered that her would-be companion and lover, the aristocratic Vere Hobart, has accepted a marriage proposal from a man. Despite her affection for her elderly aunt, Anne is frustrated by the shabbiness of her ancestral home and finds her father and long-suffering sister difficult to live with. A visit from her ex-lover Mariana Lawton compounds Anne's fear that she is destined to be alone. However, when Anne discovers that her land is rich in coal, her plans to transform the estate soon provide a welcome distraction from her broken heart. On the neighbouring estate, Crow Nest, shy heiress Ann Walker is quietly delighted to hear that charismatic Anne Lister is back. Meanwhile, Anne's servants and tenants have problems of their own. A hit-and-run accident on Shibden land puts a child's life at risk, and Anne's French maid Eugenie finds herself in trouble.

    • HD
    • 57 Minutes

    Halifax, 1832. Anne Lister returns from Hastings to Shibden Hall, having discovered that her would-be companion and lover, the aristocratic Vere Hobart, has accepted a marriage proposal from a man. Despite her affection for her elderly aunt, Anne is frustrated by the shabbiness of her ancestral home and finds her father and long-suffering sister difficult to live with. A visit from her ex-lover Mariana Lawton compounds Anne's fear that she is destined to be alone. However, when Anne discovers that her land is rich in coal, her plans to transform the estate soon provide a welcome distraction from her broken heart. On the neighbouring estate, Crow Nest, shy heiress Ann Walker is quietly delighted to hear that charismatic Anne Lister is back. Meanwhile, Anne's servants and tenants have problems of their own. A hit-and-run accident on Shibden land puts a child's life at risk, and Anne's French maid Eugenie finds herself in trouble.

    • HD
    • 57 Minutes
    • Episode 2

    Episode 2

    Anne begins a playful but dangerous courtship of shy local heiress Miss Walker, who quickly finds herself captivated by the attention of her charismatic and unusual neighbor. Anne's plan to renovate Shibden Hall is also stepping up a gear, and her determination to sink her own coal mines brings her into the path of local magistrate Christopher Rawson and his brother Jeremiah. Hearing rumours that the Rawson brothers have been stealing her coal, Anne looks for a way to use their dirty tactics against them. While Christopher remains defiant, Anne makes Jeremiah nervous. Miss Walker prepares for a trip to the Lake District. When she tells her cousin about her friendship with Anne, she is surprised by Catherine's reaction and begins to realise that Anne is not popular with everyone in the Halifax community. Back at Shibden, Anne's servant John Booth offers a solution to Eugenie's problem. Meanwhile, Anne, who has been grappling with her own dilemma, wonders if confronting the past could be the key to finding future happiness.

    • HD
    • 58 Minutes

    Anne begins a playful but dangerous courtship of shy local heiress Miss Walker, who quickly finds herself captivated by the attention of her charismatic and unusual neighbor. Anne's plan to renovate Shibden Hall is also stepping up a gear, and her determination to sink her own coal mines brings her into the path of local magistrate Christopher Rawson and his brother Jeremiah. Hearing rumours that the Rawson brothers have been stealing her coal, Anne looks for a way to use their dirty tactics against them. While Christopher remains defiant, Anne makes Jeremiah nervous. Miss Walker prepares for a trip to the Lake District. When she tells her cousin about her friendship with Anne, she is surprised by Catherine's reaction and begins to realise that Anne is not popular with everyone in the Halifax community. Back at Shibden, Anne's servant John Booth offers a solution to Eugenie's problem. Meanwhile, Anne, who has been grappling with her own dilemma, wonders if confronting the past could be the key to finding future happiness.

    • HD
    • 58 Minutes
    • Episode 3

    Episode 3

    Anne and Ann have been growing closer since Anne arrived by surprise in the Lake District. Exhilarated by the pace at which their relationship is progressing, Anne soon guides it into romantic territory. She confides her hopes for the future in her aunt, who reminds Anne that this is Halifax, and people aren't always nice. Brushing off Aunt Anne's concerns that her bold behavior leaves her vulnerable to scrutiny, Anne has a proposition for Ann. Mrs. Priestley's inkling that there is something 'more tender still than friendship' about the two women's relationship presents a threat. Meanwhile, John Booth is surprised at his own romantic success. The Rawson brothers step up their attempts to outmaneuver Anne in the coal business. Marian Lister is annoyed that her sister is treating Shibden like a hotel, and Sam Sowden's mouthy behavior causes problems for his son Thomas, who reluctantly takes the law into his own hands.

    • HD
    • 58 Minutes

    Anne and Ann have been growing closer since Anne arrived by surprise in the Lake District. Exhilarated by the pace at which their relationship is progressing, Anne soon guides it into romantic territory. She confides her hopes for the future in her aunt, who reminds Anne that this is Halifax, and people aren't always nice. Brushing off Aunt Anne's concerns that her bold behavior leaves her vulnerable to scrutiny, Anne has a proposition for Ann. Mrs. Priestley's inkling that there is something 'more tender still than friendship' about the two women's relationship presents a threat. Meanwhile, John Booth is surprised at his own romantic success. The Rawson brothers step up their attempts to outmaneuver Anne in the coal business. Marian Lister is annoyed that her sister is treating Shibden like a hotel, and Sam Sowden's mouthy behavior causes problems for his son Thomas, who reluctantly takes the law into his own hands.

    • HD
    • 58 Minutes
    • Episode 4

    Episode 4

    Undeterred by Mrs. Priestley's warning about the dangers of their liaison, Anne and Ann are caught up in the excitement and passion of their affair. In York, Anne is delighted when Doctor Belcombe confirms that she is the perfect tonic for Ann's nervous disorder. The two women get a cooler reception back in Halifax, and when the news of a bereavement arrives at Cliff Hill, Ann's desperate reaction makes Anne suspect that there's more to it and that Ann has secrets of her own. At Shibden, Eugenie's misfortune has implications for John Booth. Anne is unimpressed to hear that Marian is dating someone who works in industry. As her rivalry with Christopher Rawson heats up, Anne steps up her plan to re-open her old coal mines and sink her own shaft. When people begin to question his father's disappearance, Thomas Sowden spins a risky web of lies.

    • HD
    • 58 Minutes

    Undeterred by Mrs. Priestley's warning about the dangers of their liaison, Anne and Ann are caught up in the excitement and passion of their affair. In York, Anne is delighted when Doctor Belcombe confirms that she is the perfect tonic for Ann's nervous disorder. The two women get a cooler reception back in Halifax, and when the news of a bereavement arrives at Cliff Hill, Ann's desperate reaction makes Anne suspect that there's more to it and that Ann has secrets of her own. At Shibden, Eugenie's misfortune has implications for John Booth. Anne is unimpressed to hear that Marian is dating someone who works in industry. As her rivalry with Christopher Rawson heats up, Anne steps up her plan to re-open her old coal mines and sink her own shaft. When people begin to question his father's disappearance, Thomas Sowden spins a risky web of lies.

    • HD
    • 58 Minutes
    • Episode 5

    Episode 5

    The widowed Reverend Ainsworth arrives in Halifax with his sights set on Ann Walker's hand in marriage, as well as a position at a local church. Eliza Priestley - who remains bitterly angry with Anne Lister since she caught her kissing Ann Walker - encourages unctuous Ainsworth's predatory plans. Aware that Ainsworth's attentions are stirring up painful memories for her lover, Anne Lister sets out to deal with the clergyman in her own inimitable manner. She soon realizes however that there are greater demons inside Ann Walker's troubled mind, as the scrutiny of another member of Ann's tribe of friends and relations poses a further threat to their relationship. Anne presses on with the transformation of her estate, but there are signs that her ambitious plans could also be about to lead her into trouble. Meanwhile Marian remains impressed with Mr. Abbott, and a discovery in the pig-sty gives Mary Sowden reason to suspect that Thomas is lying about exactly how his father disappeared.

    • HD
    • 58 Minutes

    The widowed Reverend Ainsworth arrives in Halifax with his sights set on Ann Walker's hand in marriage, as well as a position at a local church. Eliza Priestley - who remains bitterly angry with Anne Lister since she caught her kissing Ann Walker - encourages unctuous Ainsworth's predatory plans. Aware that Ainsworth's attentions are stirring up painful memories for her lover, Anne Lister sets out to deal with the clergyman in her own inimitable manner. She soon realizes however that there are greater demons inside Ann Walker's troubled mind, as the scrutiny of another member of Ann's tribe of friends and relations poses a further threat to their relationship. Anne presses on with the transformation of her estate, but there are signs that her ambitious plans could also be about to lead her into trouble. Meanwhile Marian remains impressed with Mr. Abbott, and a discovery in the pig-sty gives Mary Sowden reason to suspect that Thomas is lying about exactly how his father disappeared.

    • HD
    • 58 Minutes
    • Episode 6

    Episode 6

    Sally Wainwright adapts the extraordinary life of Yorkshire landowner Anne Lister based on her meticulous and coded diaries. Halifax, Yorkshire, 1832. Anne returns from her travels in Europe to the family manor. She is cultured, highly educated, financially independent, practical and an expert in medical, legal and industrial matters. But, her attempts to restore the family's fortunes and find a woman with whom she can have a long term relationship, will be thwarted by both family and society.

    • HD
    • 59 Minutes

    Sally Wainwright adapts the extraordinary life of Yorkshire landowner Anne Lister based on her meticulous and coded diaries. Halifax, Yorkshire, 1832. Anne returns from her travels in Europe to the family manor. She is cultured, highly educated, financially independent, practical and an expert in medical, legal and industrial matters. But, her attempts to restore the family's fortunes and find a woman with whom she can have a long term relationship, will be thwarted by both family and society.

    • HD
    • 59 Minutes
    • Episode 7

    Episode 7

    Anne Lister's new groom arrives and with her entourage complete, she sets off for Europe, determined to escape the heartache of her doomed relationship with Ann Walker. Before she leaves, she is obliged to invite Christopher Rawson up to Shibden after he insults her sister Marian publicly in his bank. Undeterred by his warnings that her accusations will have dangerous repercussions, Anne comes up with a bold, reckless strategy to finally sink her own pit and expose the Rawsons' industrial-scale theft of her coal. In Scotland, Ann Walker becomes increasingly isolated when she discovers that Captain Sutherland plans to marry her off to his cousin Alexander, a penniless rogue. Leaving Shibden behind, Anne is desperate to distract herself from her failed relationship, so she travels up to London with her old flame Mariana Lawton. Things come unstuck, however, crippling memories of their past relationship fuel a series of explosive and hurtful conversations between the two women. Despite his lowly social status, Thomas Sowden plucks up the courage to ask Mr. Washington for his eldest daughter's hand in marriage.

    • HD
    • 59 Minutes

    Anne Lister's new groom arrives and with her entourage complete, she sets off for Europe, determined to escape the heartache of her doomed relationship with Ann Walker. Before she leaves, she is obliged to invite Christopher Rawson up to Shibden after he insults her sister Marian publicly in his bank. Undeterred by his warnings that her accusations will have dangerous repercussions, Anne comes up with a bold, reckless strategy to finally sink her own pit and expose the Rawsons' industrial-scale theft of her coal. In Scotland, Ann Walker becomes increasingly isolated when she discovers that Captain Sutherland plans to marry her off to his cousin Alexander, a penniless rogue. Leaving Shibden behind, Anne is desperate to distract herself from her failed relationship, so she travels up to London with her old flame Mariana Lawton. Things come unstuck, however, crippling memories of their past relationship fuel a series of explosive and hurtful conversations between the two women. Despite his lowly social status, Thomas Sowden plucks up the courage to ask Mr. Washington for his eldest daughter's hand in marriage.

    • HD
    • 59 Minutes
    • Episode 8

    Episode 8

    Following a four-week journey north from Paris to Copenhagen chaperoning Miss Sophie Ferrall (the flirtatious sister of the aristocratic Countess Blucher), Anne Lister finds that the doors of Danish high society open effortlessly for her. Her delight in her glittering surroundings, along with her charisma and eccentricity, win her an audience with Queen Marie, who invites her to her birthday ball, where she will be obliged to dress entirely in white. Despite the pleasure Anne takes in all this, it's clear that inside she still struggles with the crushing disappointment of her estrangement from Ann Walker. When difficult news arrives from home, Anne is faced with a decision: whether to stay where she has found acceptance and appreciation, or to dutifully go home, back to where her heart was broken. In Scotland, a shocking discovery about Captain Sutherland leads Ann Walker to make a bold resolution about her own future, while an unexpected visitor at Upper Southolm Farm threatens to finally expose Thomas Sowden's macabre secret.

    • HD
    • 59 Minutes

    Following a four-week journey north from Paris to Copenhagen chaperoning Miss Sophie Ferrall (the flirtatious sister of the aristocratic Countess Blucher), Anne Lister finds that the doors of Danish high society open effortlessly for her. Her delight in her glittering surroundings, along with her charisma and eccentricity, win her an audience with Queen Marie, who invites her to her birthday ball, where she will be obliged to dress entirely in white. Despite the pleasure Anne takes in all this, it's clear that inside she still struggles with the crushing disappointment of her estrangement from Ann Walker. When difficult news arrives from home, Anne is faced with a decision: whether to stay where she has found acceptance and appreciation, or to dutifully go home, back to where her heart was broken. In Scotland, a shocking discovery about Captain Sutherland leads Ann Walker to make a bold resolution about her own future, while an unexpected visitor at Upper Southolm Farm threatens to finally expose Thomas Sowden's macabre secret.

    • HD
    • 59 Minutes
    • Episode 10

    Who is Gentleman Jack

    The cast discuss the background of the lead character, Anne Lister.

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    • 5 Minutes

    The cast discuss the background of the lead character, Anne Lister.

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    • 5 Minutes
    • Episode 101

    The Coded Diary of Anne Lister

    The cast and writer discuss Anne Lister’s coded diary. Written over 30 years and containing more than 4 million words, a sixth of which - those concerning the intimate details of her life - were written in code

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    • 4 Minutes

    The cast and writer discuss Anne Lister’s coded diary. Written over 30 years and containing more than 4 million words, a sixth of which - those concerning the intimate details of her life - were written in code

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    • 4 Minutes
    • Episode 102

    The Look Of Gentleman Jack

    Cast and crew discus the period setting and how the look of the lead characters was created.

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    • 4 Minutes

    Cast and crew discus the period setting and how the look of the lead characters was created.

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    • 4 Minutes
    • Episode 103

    Writing Gentleman Jack

    Scriptwriter Sally Wainwright discusses her approach to adapting Anne Lister’s coded diaries.

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    • 5 Minutes

    Scriptwriter Sally Wainwright discusses her approach to adapting Anne Lister’s coded diaries.

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    • 5 Minutes
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